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Police investigating body found in Wilson creek

Posted August 15, 2012

— Police in Wilson are trying to identify a body found in a creek Wednesday morning that family members believe could be a woman who disappeared over the weekend.

Investigators said the badly decomposed body was found around 9 a.m. beside the 2200 block of Willow Springs Drive.

An autopsy is being conducted to help identify the remains and to determine a cause of death. Results could come Thursday, authorities said.

Meanwhile, relatives of Courtney Speight said Wednesday that they believe the remains could be those of the 23-year-old, who was last seen around 11:50 p.m. Saturday.

"I don't want to think it's her. I really can't accept that," her sister, Tiffany Speight said. "I really can't."

Family members said that police showed them a photo of a shirt found on the body and that the shirt matches the one Speight was last seen wearing.

According to a Wilson police news release on Tuesday, Speight was last seen wearing a black Sheetz T-shirt, blue and red jogging pants and black and red Nike shoes. She was driving a blue 2006 Nissan Altima with North Carolina license plate AFR-8341.

Anyone with information about Speight's disappearance or the body should call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323.


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  • Fireflies Rock Aug 15, 2012

    sorry for this young woman and her family. horrible.

  • Ven Aug 15, 2012

    was afraid of that, it's not like Wilson is that big (unless you compare it to Sparta of 'In the Heat of the Night' or Bon Temps of True Blood - fictional small towns where bodies and murders happen at a rate of 3 bodies an hour every week).

  • changeyourownlife Aug 15, 2012

    @smokeybear: w/ the heat, humidity, and being found in water i wouldn't think it was too far of a stretch for it to be badly decomposed by a few days later

  • Keyboard cat Aug 15, 2012

    maybe it's the missing soldier ... who knows .. :)

    This was my first thought. Seriously.

  • smokeybear Aug 15, 2012

    I was under the impression that the girl from Wilson had just been missing. But the reports say the body was decomposed. Strange. The shirt found on body was the same one from the girl here in Wilson who worked at Sheets.

  • blahblahblah Aug 15, 2012

    Pikachu - why in the world would you put a smiley face after saying it could be the missing soldier? Nothing funny or happy about that thought.

  • awood2 Aug 15, 2012

    could be Pikachu! We will have to wait.

  • romneycare Aug 15, 2012

    maybe it's the missing soldier ... who knows .. :)